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Pay & Benefits

    Looking for a challenging and meaningful career?

    Want a career with opportunity for growth and advancement?

    Join CMPD... a diverse, progressive, technology-driven, metropolitan agency that believes strongly in the principles of crime fighting, community engagement, professional development, equity and inclusion. Our trainees are paid while they train at our academy in Charlotte, NC to become one in the ranks of over 1,900 sworn officers.


bullet point graphicEntry level pay starts at $45,757, Officers earn up to $94,909.

bullet point graphicPay incentives for Associates (+5%, $48,044) and Bachelors (+10%, $50,332) Degrees.​ ​

bullet point graphicVeterans may be eligible to receive VA benefits and supplements.

bullet point graphic20 to 30 vacation days per year (based on years of service with the City of Charlotte).

bullet point graphic12 sick days per year.

bullet point graphic2 weeks leave for annual training for Reservists/National Guard.

bullet point graphic5% pay incentive for proficiency in Spanish.

bullet point graphic5% pay incentive for Police Training Officer status.

bullet point graphicVarious medical benefit plans to choose from as an employee, including Heath Savings Accounts, which can be used for future retiree medical expenses.

bullet point graphicPaid life insurance of double annual salary up to $100,000.

bullet point graphic401(k) provided by the city - 5% of salary contributed by the City for sworn personnel.

bullet point graphicEducation tuition reimbursement program.

bullet point graphicEligible for full retirement benefits from the city and state after 30 years of credible service or at age 55. Sworn employees contribute 6% to Local Government Employees Retirement System.

bullet point graphicWeekly Pay check.

bullet point graphicUniforms and equipment provided.

bullet point graphic6 weeks paid parental leave.